Last Minute Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day: Inexpensive but Thoughtful Gifts You Can Get (Without Leaving the House!)

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day: Inexpensive but Thoughtful Gifts You Can Get (Without Leaving the House!)

If you're anything like me, you like to do things at the last minute - and if you're buying a gift for your mom this year, this may be one of those things you sorta...waited to do. That's why I figured I'd throw together this quick list of last-minute gift ideas for Mother's day - these are gifts you can order from home and receive in time for Sunday's Mother's day celebrations! Or, have them shipped if you can't or won't see your mother. 

In no particular order, here are some of my favorites!

Sweet Gifts for Mom

 

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving!

Why not get mom something that will keep giving to her all year long? Try the Find Subscription Boxes Subscription Box App - or just get one of these awesome subscription box services for her!

Does your mom love:

Still not sure? Why not just get her a good old Amazon eGift Card? That'll ensure that she can get whatever she wants or needs! If she loves it, you can always get her a Amazon.com Gift Card Balance Reload next year. Feel too impersonal? Get her the Amazon.com Gift Card in a Floral Box for Mother's Day (Classic White Card Design)

If she isn't sure what to get with her gift card, maybe she wants to try some of these before she buys. So remind her she can also:

Your turn: What are you getting YOUR mom for mother's day? Tell me in the comments!

Last-Minute Christmas Dinner Tips & Ideas

Last-Minute Christmas Dinner Tips & Ideas

Ah, Christmas dinner. The sights. The smells. The thought can make visions of turkey drumsticks, heaping bowls of stuffing, cranberry sauce and slices of pumpkin pie dance in your head. All of the traditional foods we love just waiting to be eaten are enough to stir anyone’s taste buds into a frenzy.

But who says you have to serve the same foods you’ve always served for Christmas dinner? You can try something new if you’re tired of always having the same meal and you can even center your food around a holiday theme or you can serve foods from another country. With a little bit of thought, you can come up with the main courses and deserts you’d like to serve or you can try these tasty suggestions.

For meat, instead of turkey, how about filet mignon? This delicious meat, which was a hit among the French before it arrived on America’s plates, is easy to cook and if you wrap a piece of bacon around it before you broil it, there won’t be any leftovers!

If you’d prefer something different than beef, you can try a savory lamb roast cooked with tender vegetables like asparagus on the side. Instead of roasting a turkey, you can roast a chicken or duck.

If you’re having trouble making a choice between which meat to get, have more than one. Christmas kabobs would be a hit with juicy morsels of beef, chicken and pork. Flavored with red pepper, cherry tomatoes and pineapples, this is sure to please any crowd.

Side dishes don’t have to be the same old stuffing or green bean casserole. Squash that’s baked with cinnamon sprinkled apples or with juicy chunks of pineapple will disappear as fast you serve it.

If you don’t believe you’d like a side dish that’s slightly sweet to the taste, you can op for cranberry stuffed squash instead. If you’re not a fan of squash, try tomatoes stuffed with cheese and salmon spread.

You can also make mashed garlic cauliflower. This vegetable tastes like a potato. Prepare it just like you would mashed potatoes-cook until you can run a fork through it. You can also mix cauliflower with cheese such as Parmesan.

Some people say the best part of any Christmas menus are the desserts guaranteed to delight guests of all ages. You don’t have to have fruitcake or pumpkin or apple pies year in and year out.

Try something different. How about Elegant Cheesecake Pie? Quick and simple to make yet this dessert will quickly become a favorite. The ingredients are a regular sized bar of cream cheese, and an eight ounce tub of whipped cream, one third cup sugar and a teaspoon and a half of vanilla.

Mix together, put ingredients in a graham cracker pie crust. Top with strawberry pie filling, or apple pie filing or blueberry pie filling. Refrigerate for five hours until set. Helpful hint: if using store bought pie crust, invert the plastic pie covering, gently wash it and use it to cover the pie once it’s made.

 

 

6 Can’t-Miss Christmas Party Games

6 Can’t-Miss Christmas Party Games

Have you decided to have a party to celebrate the holidays this year? Then you could benefit from this handy Christmas party game guide. There are games specifically so that children can have an amazingly magical time at parties and games where adults can enjoy themselves, too. Here are some game suggestions that are always crowd-pleasing.

Speedy Unwrapper: Take a series of boxes, small, medium and large. Wrap the smallest box the way you would wrap a regular gift. Place it inside the medium box. Wrap the medium box so that it’s tougher to unwrap than the smaller one.

Now place the medium box down into the larger box. Wrap the larger box with layers of wrapping paper and use tough tape, like box tape or duct tape. Divide the party attendees into two groups.

Each member has exactly thirty seconds each to try and unwrap the box. At the end of the time limit, the team with the box or boxes that’s most unwrapped wins. Make sure you have a prize for the winning team members.

Ornament Relay: This one has to be played outside or in a large room indoor (this one is great for any church Christmas parties). Divide the people into two even teams. Pick one person from each team to be the starter.

The starter has to pile his or her hands full of round, plastic Christmas balls and run to his or her team member to transfer the balls. The recipient then runs back to the home base (a large bucket or tin tub) to deposit the balls, then runs back.

The next person then has to run to the home base, gather all the balls and run back with them. Any balls that the runner accidentally losing must be recovered before he or she can continue on the race.

Christmas Charades: For a twist on a favorite Christmas party game, use familiar Christmas events as the charade. Use events such as stuffing the turkey, decorating the tree, wrapping gifts etc. If you’re going to have a party for children and need games suited to their age level, choose from among these fun games:

Mystery Stocking: Take a large stocking and put several Christmas related items suitable for a child inside. Make sure the top of the stocking is fastened securely. Pass the stocking around and let each child have a few minutes to feel it. Then have them write down what they think is inside (or tell you if they’re too young). The child with the closest guess wins the stocking.

Word Formation: Have sheets of paper for each child. At the top of the paper, write the words ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays.’ The object is to write as many words as possible using only the letters at the top of the page. Give a five minute time limit.

Pin the Toys in the Sleigh: Tape a sleigh to the wall. Give each child a paper ‘present’-something you might find in Santa’s sleigh. Blindfold each participant on his or her turn and have them try and pin the present inside the sleigh. Closest one wins.

How does your Family Decorate for Halloween?

How does your Family Decorate for Halloween?

Editor's note: Please welcome our newest blogger, Tina Wilson, to the QB family! Tina, take it away!

We have lots of fun decorating for Halloween. Scarecrows are our specialty. Here's how our family does it!autumn-2863_640

Halloween, a time for ghost and goblins and scarecrows too! My family has been making these "scarecrows" for as long about 15 years.

 The first thing we do is bring out our two-person swing we keep in the backyard; we remove the top sun shade from it. The swing is placed next to the light post, that is where our electric outlet is in the front yard,we unscrew the light bulb from the post so it is darker in the area.002392_9652423c

 We take two pair of winter coveralls; we buy a bale of straw from the local farm store and stuff the coveralls with the straw, our kids and neighborhood kids love helping us do this. We then put a vest on the man and a house dress on the woman that the kids grandma donated to our cause.

  Once we get the bodies placed sitting on the swing, One of the kids will put work boots for both characters feet, we just let the straw hang out for the hands. The heads are trick or treat pumpkins that we put lights underneath for them to glow, one is orange and the other is purple. We put a fancy straw hat on the lady, also donated by grandma, and the man usually has a cap of some kind, sometime we even put an "aluminum foil" hat on top. 

  We put a string of purple "bat shaped lights" across the top of the swing. The lights will plug into the "heads" and we run an extension cord to the light post, then all we have to do is flip a switch inside for it to come off and on at the same time.

  We also have a big blow up spider it runs off of electricity and goes down when the switch is off. We put this on the ground in front of the swing and run a couple of the legs on the characters so it looks like they are being eaten up by the spider. After this we put spider webs around the whole thing.

  Last year we added a second swing frame we were able to borrow from my sister-in-law two houses away. We then placed small orange Halloween lights around it and had some "dead" stuffed animals hanging down from the top bar; we attached these by the neck and had a wire kennel on the ground with a "dead animal" in in too. Since the animals are old and would be ruined in the weather, we used some red paint to simulate blood 

  The previous year I found a small blue pair of coveralls at a yard sale (for $2) I bought for my daughter to wear during the snow, they no longer fit her and we stuffed them too, I ran a pole through the arms and down the legs so it could stand up. We put a "Jason" mask ($1 at the dollar store) on it and made a machete out of cardboard and aluminum foil. It was great!! Then I put "Jason" standing at one end of the dead animal area.

 We ran a string of orange lights on the ground around and put police tape around the scene too.

I almost forgot, we put my husband’s lawn tractor in the front yard last year too, I found a pair of blue jeans (at a yard sale for $1) that are size 64 waist! I stuffed these last year too and just had them sitting on the mower with the straw coming out of the waist and a Jack-o-Lantern sitting on top the straw, I’m not sure what they were supposed to represent, but we did get comments on them.

Halloween can be a fun time if you get a little creative, and it doesn't all have to be scary, our family has a lot of fun at Halloween time, but that's what Halloween is for isn't it??

  Have fun and Happy Halloween!!